29 September, 2020

Welcome To Cyberpoll

Psephology has been bitten by the computer bug, and statistics-hungry parties are logging in

Welcome To Cyberpoll

CASTE percentages, constituency profiles and voting patterns packaged in software are steadily replacing files crammed with dog-eared data sheets. For those who have them, computer rooms in party offices are becoming the new centres of activity. And though the reams of data, charts and statistics churned out here may not pave the way to Parliament this summer, they are lending an edge to election strategy.

Municipal wards are getting micro scoped down to the last lane, and options like poll analyses, candidate profiles and interviews on the Internet are being explored by a few parties. Sometime ago, in the Congress for instance, the only sign of computer literacy was Rajiv Gandhi's fascination with systems. The party's collective cyber-wisdom didn't improve with Narasimha Rao tapping keyboards, but the elections are helping as frenetic activity at the All India Congress Committee's (AICC) computer room in New Delhi indicates. And heading it all is the party's portly cyber-buff, Vishwajit Prithvijit Singh.

Here, election-specific material is being compiled...



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